In game and in career, Paniamogan just kept shooting

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 11, 2017 10:30 PM
In game and in career, Paniamogan just kept shooting
KEEP ON KEEPING ON. Philip Paniamogan is only making the most out of his second chance in the PBA.

A high-scoring guard reared in the Jose Rizal University tradition of high-scoring guards, Philip Paniamogan already had the most notable strength to make it into the PBA.

Picked up in 2014 by a Globalport team that itself had a glut of high-scoring guards, however, Paniamogan had no space to showcase that most notable strength.

And so, the Cagayan de Oro native found himself sailing away from the Batang Pier after only a couple of conferences.

Fast forward one year and Paniamogan is back with a vengeance in Asia’s first pay-for-play league. Erupting for a career-best 25 points by making good on all but two of his field goals on Wednesday, he shot Mahindra to only its second win in the season.

As it turns out, the now 25-year-old had the green light from coach Chris Gavina. “Sabi kasi ni coach sa amin, kung sino yung mainit, suportahan namin. E nung naka-shoot ako ng three points, sinunod-sunod ko na,” he shared.

He then continued, “Sabi nila tumira e so may lisensya na ako. Kaya ayun, tinira ko and sumu-shoot naman.”

Gavina was nothing but glad to have given the green light to his surprising star for the game. “He came up big today, but honestly, I really saw it coming from Christmas day. Even during the break, he was one of the guys who was keeping on working,” he said.

For Paniamogan, of course, the breakout was made all the more special after all he had gone through. “Siyempre, ang hirap lalo kapag pabalik-balik sa PBA, pero ‘di naman ako nawalan ng pag-asa. Dasal lang talaga panlaban ko,” he expressed.

After his time with Globalport, the former Heavy Bomber went back to the PBA D-League with Racal. He then played there for majority of last year before a rebuilding Floodbuster squad came calling in the offseason.

Still, nothing was assured to him then. As he put it, “Sabi ko nun, wala namang mawawala pag nagsikap e. Kaya nung tinawagan ako, binigay ko lahat ng best ko, lahat ng maitutulong ko.”

He then continued, “Buti naman nagkaroon sila ng tiwala sa akin dahan-dahan. Kaya sobra-sobrang pasasalamat ko sa kanila.”

Now he has busted out, Paniamogan still isn’t looking that too far ahead. “Tignan natin kasi ‘di ko naman madikta na sakin na lahat next game. As of now, ako yung nag-init so thankful lang ako dun na nagtiwala sila sa akin,” he expressed.

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